Dayton Dragons at Cedar Rapids Kernels

May 25th, 2004

Luis Bolivar SS 4 0 1 0
Evan Conley 2B 4 0 1 0
Joey Votto 1B 4 0 2 0
Ryan Fry RF 4 1 1 0
Walter Olmstead 3B 4 1 1 0
Kyle Smith LF 3 0 0 0
Ben Himes DH 4 0 1 2
Miguel Perez C 4 0 0 0
Elvin Beltre CF 3 0 0 0
Quan Cosby CF 4 0 1 0
Brandon Wood SS 4 0 0 0
Bobby Wilson 3B 4 0 0 0
Matt Brown 2B 3 0 0 0
Matt Pali 1B 3 0 0 0
Caleb Maher DH 3 0 0 0
Brandon Balkcom RF 3 1 1 0
Tommy Duenas C 3 0 0 0
Aaron Peel LF 3 0 2 0

Dayton 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 7 1
Cedar Rapids 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 0

E-Olmstead, LOB DAY-6, CR-2, 2B-Votto, Olmstead, 3B-Himes, CS-Beltre, Cosby, Peel

Name IP H R ER BB SO Decison
David Shafer 6 2 0 0 0 4 ND
Brock Till 3 2 1 0 0 5 W (3-3)

Name IP H R ER BB SO Decison
Nick Touchstone 7 3 0 0 1 11 ND
Bob Zimmermann 2 4 2 2 0 4 L (2-4)

WP-Till, PB-Perez
U-Redwine, Monaco
T-2:17, A-2,043

How They Scored

Top 9th
Ryan Fry singled and took third on Walter Olmstead's double down the third base line. Ben Himes hit a two out, two run triple to right center.

Bottom 9th
Blake Balkcom and Aaron Peel singled and thre runners moved up a base on a wild pitch. A two out error on third baseman Walter Olmstead scored Balkco

Cedar Rapids Gazette
Jeff Johnson @jeje66

When you really look at it closely, the Cedar Rapids Kernels should take the split they got last night with the Dayton Dragons without complaint. You get five hits in two games, you're not going to win much. You get one hit in one game, you're never going to win. Make that almost never.

Somehow the Kernels accomplished that feat by winning the suspended game 2-1. Dayton scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning of the regularly scheduled game for an identical 2-1 victory.

"Can you put an ABP out on our bats?", joked Kernels Manager Bobby Magallanes. "We didn't swing it tonight. That (frist game) was the first game I've been involved with in my baseball career that we won with only one hit."

The teams were tied at 1-1 in the sixth inning when action resumed in the suspended game. The Kernels (25-19) picked up the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning via what is jokingly referred to as a "Midwest League Rally"

A hit batsmen and two walks loaded the bases with two outs. Left reliever Trey Rice then threw a back up curveball that hit left hitting Matt Pali in the shoulder for perhaps the cheapest of game winning RBI.

Kernels reliever Chris Hunter (2-2) pitched out of a bases loaded, no out jam in the ninth to literally earn his second victory.

The regularly scheduled game was scoreless until the ninth inning, when Dayton's Ben Himes ripped a two out 2-0 fastball from reliever Bob Zimmermann (2-4) to the right center gap for a two run triple. The Kernels picked up two of their four hits in the bottom of the ninth, scoring a run but leaving the tying run on third base and the winning run on first.

Lost in the loss was the fine pitching of Kernels starter Nic Touchstone. The left hander went the first seven innings, allowing three hits and a walk while striking out 11. "That was tough." Touchstone said, "I was pitching well, everything was working. But their guy (starter David Shafer) was doing the same thing. When that seventh inning rolled arround, I was hoping we would get a couple. But that's the way it goes."

Touchstone struggled in his first three outings in Cedar Rapids after being sent here April 24th from high-A Rancho Cucamonga. But he has allowed four hits and no runs in his last 17 innings. "I think I just figured out what I was doing wrong mechanically." Touchstone said.

Kernels second baseman Howie Kendrick did not play last night as he recuperates from a minor groin injury. Utility man Sean Rodriguez was pitch hit for in the suspended game and did not play in the regularly scheduled game due to what Magallanes said was "a personal issue.". That ment improvising on the infield. Magallanes put corner infielder Matt Abram at second base for the remainder of the suspended game, and everyday third baseman Matt Brown there for the regullary scheduled game. Normal catcher Bobby Wilson then played third base.

This is game 2 of the day, 5/24/04 Dayton at Cedar Rapids, was a completed suspended game before this game was played.